21A Duxton Hill
Singapore, 089604

+65 6816 6660


Key contacts:

Managing Director: Ian Teo
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Executive Director : Tang Chong Jun
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Director: Maureen Poh
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Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 16
Languages: Indonesian Bahasa, Cantonese, Chinese, English

Helmsman LLC was founded by two shipping and commodity trading law specialists. Helmsman LLC represents clients in high value commercial transactions and disputes across the world – in particular, Asia and Europe. The breadth of experience and expertise of our lawyers in shipping and commodity trading makes us the counsel of choice for the biggest commodity traders across the world. Helmsman is not “Singapore” or “Hong Kong" lawyers but lawyers sans borders specialising in international legal work. We have capabilities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australian and English law. Besides our deep subject-matter expertise, we are known for our user-friendly approach, and penchant for “plain practical advice”. 

  • Civil litigation
  • Financial services regulatory: Contentious
  • Insolvency
  • International arbitration
  • Labour and employment
  • Commodities and International Trade

  • Acted in a limitation action in Singapore which dealt with novel issues of interest and costs in limitation proceedings (see AS Fortuna Opco BV and another v Sea Consortium Pte Ltd and others [2020] SGHC 72) as well as the first of its kind application to provisionally set aside of a portion of the limitation fund for foreign claims pursuant to Article 12 of the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 
  • Acted for shipowners in a charterparty dispute and successfully obtaining Mareva and Chabra injunctions from the Singapore courts in aid of arbitration 
  • Acted for Toyota Tsusho Corporation (one of the major trade creditors) in the insolvency of the Brightoil group, including the arrest and judicial sale of the six bunker barges in Singapore as well as the moratorium and proposed scheme of arrangement by Brightoil  
  • Acting for shipowners in an appeal to the Singapore Court of Appeal involving several significant, novel and complex issues concerning ‘when a bill of lading is not a bill of lading’ and the practices of the bunker industry in Singapore

  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Shipping
  • Transport

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Hong Kong  
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